Our people

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We’re run by a voluntary board of highly dedicated, motivated individuals who want to make a difference – and share their unique breadth of experience, skills and expertise for the good of everyone.

This team oversees our strategic direction and makes sure we work in the best interests of all our customers. It includes tenants and professionals with experience from across a range of areas.

Our day to day operations are led by our Chief Executive, supported by our Executive and Leadership teams.

Board members
  • Jackie Macdonald


    Jackie is a partner and co-founder of Small Green Spaces, a social enterprise supporting social and community groups across Edinburgh and the Lothians. She has been a Trustee and Chairman of Gorgie City Farm and is currently a Member of Court at Queen Margaret University where she sits in the Health and Safety Committee. Jackie’s background is in law and business.

    Jackie joined the Board in May 2016.

  • Iain Thompson

    Vice Chair

    Iain read Maths at Cambridge before joining ICL (International Computers Ltd) as a graduate trainee. He worked in software development in London 7 years before moving back to Scotland. He has worked with a number of clients in the Financial Services sector and has a voluntary role with BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

    Iain joined Board in June 2012.

  • Gordon Anderson

    Gordon was elected as a full member of the Board at the 2010 AGM having served as a co-optee since 2009. Gordon has a keen interest and considerable expertise in all aspects of care and housing provision, holding a degree in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and a post graduate diploma in Housing from Heriot-Watt University. He works as Head of Development, Housing & Corporate Services at Key Housing Association.

    Gordon joined the Board in April 2009.

  • Robin Barnes

    Robin has always cultivated a broad range of interests, leading to twenty-five years in the airline industry, the same period as a museum curator and since retirement in writing, illustrating and occasional lecturing on transport subjects. He has also undertaken voluntary work, including a period as a Viewpoint Tenants' Representative, an experience which he considers of value to him as a Board member.

    Robin is a Viewpoint tenant and joined the Board in May 2015.

  • John Beaton

    John worked in the coal industry as a Mining Engineer for 30 years at the coal face. Also had experience on the Consultative and Safety committees of the mine. He was the Trades Council secretary for the STUC. and a member of the DHSS tribunal system and various committee groups. John's hobby is Lawn Green Bowls and he played for his local club and the NCB competitions.

    John is a Viewpoint tenant and joined the Board in May 2016.

  • Nicki Donaldson

    Nicki worked with Dundee City Council for 17 years before moving to Home Scotland Housing Association. She is currently Chief Executive of Fife Housing Association. Nicki has a detailed knowledge of social housing, legislation, policy and governance and her key strengths are in her leadership and management skills. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Chartered Management Institute.

    Nicki joined Board in February 2010.

  • Ian Mackay

    Ian has worked in the residential development business for most of his career apart from spells in the Middle East, Local Authority and an Edinburgh based Housing Association where he was development manager. Prior to retirement he operated his own business as a development consultant to a major bank.

    Ian joined the Board in May 2015.

  • Robert McNeill

    Robert has worked in the Electricity Supply Industry for over 35 years. His background is finance, although he has experience in human resources, health and safety, environmental issues and industrial relations. Robert has previously been a local councillor and is involved in various community groups. He is the Chairman of East Lothian Housing Association.

    Robert joined the Board in September 2010.

  • Tom Roehricht

    Tom started his career in marketing consumer goods with blue-chip organisations, moving into general management and running a number of business-to-business SMEs. He has been a company director for around 30 years and is a prize winning member of the Institute of Directors. He is a mathematics graduate with an accountancy and financial qualification. He runs his own management consultancy.

    Tom joined the Board in May 2016.

  • Jean Simpson

    Jean is a former Viewpoint Housing Support Coordinator. Prior to working in the housing and support sector, Jean was an Accountant with Stevenson College and was also Finance Administrator with Citizens Advice Scotland. Jean has been involved in various voluntary areas with prisoners, children and the church and has a wide range of experience with people in these areas.

    Jean is a Viewpoint tenant and joined Board in September 2010.

  • Roger Stewart

    Roger is well aware of Viewpoint as a long-standing and well respected local charity. He has no special knowledge of the care professions, but has considerable knowledge of best practice in corporate governance in a charity, and experience in managing a business. He is the Chair of Viewpoint's Audit Committee. 

    Roger joined the Board in February 2010.

  • Vic Stewart

    Vic is is a Chartered Secretary and Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with experience in the NHS and the charity sector. He has held senior positions in the management of IT operations, market testing, facilities management contracts and transition management. He is a Councillor of Juniper Green Community Council.

    Vic joined Board in September 2010.

Executive team
Leadership team